South Africa And Its Ruling African National Congress Involved In A Big War

The plan to hijack the African National Congress by 2019 seems well advanced.

A massive propaganda campaign created the deception that it is ANC- and country president Jacob Zuma, who are corrupt and in that, allowed the state to be captured.

However, it is not Zuma, who is the actual target of the “counter revolutionaries”, their backers and their corporate mainstream media. There are forces both, on the inside and the outside of the ANC, hell-bent to reduce the movement to a mere second to the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its recently joined Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the forthcoming presidential- and national elections in 2019.

Will current ANC president Jacob Zuma and the ruling party whither the storm? Will the corporate media “stalwarts” in the movement muster a large enough constituency to counter the ANC branches nationally? Who will be the next ANC- and possibly the next country president in 2019?

It is evident that those, who launched the attack on President Zuma and the ANC, have no constituency outside the corporate media cartels, the academic political analysts, and the owners of the economy. This is the reason for them having requested to meet the ANC.

They already met with the ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. He too has no constituency and knows it. But, the “stalwarts”, also known as “counter-revolutionaries”, would not admit to it. They also have realised that “Jacob Zuma’s constituency is too strong to be challenged”.

Senior ANC NEC insiders raised the questions, “Is the ANC SG, Mantashe, not also in the stable of Anglo American Corporation’s Anglo Gold Ashanti? Which hat does he actually wear? Cde. SG Mantashe (as he is also known within the ANC), will not deliver and will be out of the ANC top structure by the end of next year 2017. He is not a serious factor.”

The “counter-revolutionaries” assured their backers and the media that they will organise a strong constituency. But, they fail to explain, how they would build such constituency, despite their access to huge funds.

A senior and highly respected ANC NEC member explained to this writer under the condition of anonymity, “Two of those “stalwarts” are trying to organise constituencies for their group. Both attempt to get particular constituencies together, as they have realised that they would not be able to get to the ANC branches. One is Cde. Siphiwe Nyanda. He tries to mobilise the armed wing of the ANC’s Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) against Cde. President Zuma and the ANC. This will be a serious struggle though. It is not a constituency they will be able to rely on.”

According to the reliably well-informed senior ANC NEC member, “It is not Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who could be the next ANC- and country president. It seems that he was guided not to talk, because it could jeopardise his position. The main candidate for ANC presidency from those “stalwarts”, or “counter revolutionaries”, is the Reverend Frank Chikane. At one stage he was a senior officer in recalled former President and recently installed UNISA Chancellor Thabo Mbeki’s office. But, the poor priest has no constituency at all, despite mobilising the masses against the ANC from the pulpit. Chikane is also part of the “counter revolutionaries’” Rivonia Branch in Johannesburg. If the ANC has not relented by May 2017, Frank Chikane will be out of the movement.”

“The “stalwarts’” third option to build their constituency is to resuscitate the long dead and buried “United Democratic Front” (UDF). Such destructive activities would be futile though. Recalled former President Thabo Mbeki’s men, Sipho Pityana, Sydney Mufamadi and Frank Chikane work closely together.”

“By alerting all ANC branches countrywide strengthened Jacob Zuma. It will be a big fight lasting well into 2017, involving all branches. Corporates too will play a vicious role, as they muscled in since the late 1970s and manipulate from the shadows to assist with hijacking the ruling ANC. But, the ruling party and its branches understand the efforts to destroy it. It is also described as “chequebooks power politics”.”

“Meanwhile, the ANC “renegades”, as the “stalwarts” are also known, would like Zuma to draw his hat and hand over his position and that of the rest of the ANC and government to them”, senior ANC cadres explained.

A seasoned ANC NEC member made his assumed prognosis:

“First, the inevitability is expected that heads will roll before the no-confidence vote in Parliament in February next year in 2017. President Zuma is expected to agree to that move. Those include all cabinet members, who turned against the head-of-state and commander-in-chief.”

“Second, the ANC will honour its decision to hold a policy conference in May 2017 to discuss the organisational issues during the first two days.”

“Third, the ANC will whither the storm against Parliament’s no-confidence motion, pushed for by the DA-EFF.”

“Fourth, it is critical that the ANC will succeed. The chances to come out unscathed are good, as the movement currently builds confidence throughout all branches.”

“Fifth, this time the ANC will have to get strong leadership to dismantle the colonial-apartheid institutes and infrastructure totally. The revered late ANC president Oliver Tambo insisted that the ANC would need “independent popular objectives”. Without those, it would be impossible to even think of economic changes in South Africa.”

“Sixth, it has become more important than ever before that state power and institutions have to be used to dictate terms to corporates. Agriculture and the land issue must be in their doing. Here is a perfect example, of how the EFF has hijacked the ANC’s policy debate.”

Finally, if the above-mentioned prognostic assumptions would come true, the ANC would win all the way; possibly receive over 66% of the national vote by 2019.

But, where would the ANC find those leaders to do just that?

“The neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC) would not be able to do anything, neither the rest of Africa and nor its African Union, unless the citadel of the “counter revolutionary forces” has been totally destroyed. So far, South Africa has let this region down. It is fact, if the ANC and South Africa are destroyed, particularly Britain and Germany would face serious economic trouble”, a senior ANC NEC member pointed out.

He added, “If South Africa and the ANC are strong, Africa’s and the world economies would be strengthened.”

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Zimbabweans have taken back their pride, their land and their elections

Heading the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as chairing the African Union (AU), South Africa’s role as facilitator and mediator in Zimbabwe is to respect the souvereign right of its northern and most important neighbour, Zimbabwe, its gateway into Africa. It is Zimbabwe that has to independently make its own decisions about its future. By now, President Jacob Zuma and his Special Advisor for African Affairs, Lindiwe Zulu, have understood that Zimbabwe will not be dictated to by outside interests and covert manipulations and their opportunistic internal minions.

The retired director-general in South Africa’s presidency under former recalled president Thabo Mbeki, Reverend Frank Chikane, documents in his latest book, “ The Things That Could Not Be Said – From A{ids} to Z{imbabwe}”, “Thabo Mbeki’s … particular form of diplomacy (in the case of Zimbabwe), incensed those who wanted to pursue the (so-called) ‘regime change’ strategy, which Mbeki refused to be pressured into. Those who pursued the ‘regime change’ agenda included major powers like Britain and the US. A multiplicity of strategies was unleashed, including various communications strategies and intelligence projects, to get the public to buy into the ‘regime change’ approach (in Zimbabwe) against the wishes of the SADC and the AU member countries.”

Well-known international journalist and observer/researcher, Prof. John Pilger, explained, “On 14 October 2012 US-President Barak Obama announced he was sending United States Special Forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic (CAR). They will only ‘engage’ for ‘self-defence’, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.” The US’s militarisation of the entire African continent through its programme of ‘African Command (AFRICOM)’ is another obvious case in point. Never has this continent been as militarised and as unsettled as in 2013 under Obama’s dictate, who seems to find a terrorist behind every bush in far away Africa. It has catapulted Africa’s safety and security into the abyss.

The root of Zimbabwe’s problems however, is firmly anchored in the blatant disregard of the legal, international contract, the ‘Lancaster House Agreement of 1979’, which forms the cornerstone of Zimbabwe’s independence. The United Kingdom and the United States of America were to compensate the white settlers of Zimbabwe for the land they would have to give up in the process. But, that particular clause in the Lancaster House Agreement of 1979 remains ignored.

Former British Labour Party Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is on record having misled his government and people, the international community and even the white settlers in Zimbabwe. Blair’s breach of that agreement is nothing short of an act of crime, which should be taken to the International Crimes Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, Europe. It should be the first, unanimous move of both, the SADC and the AU as African structures, to take this criminal case against Tony Blair to the world court.

It is expected that there are agents’ provocateurs and proxies, fronting for foreign interests, who would enter any and all negotiations towards the elections in bad faith. Zimbabwe’s land is the issue that has caused much furore. It has raised the attention of African people and states alike. And, the racist right wing will stop at nothing when unleashing its destabilisation campaign on the unfortunate Zimbabwe and all other African countries that do not kowtow imperialist Western interests.

South Africa and Namibia still abide by the foreign UN Western programme of ‘willing seller, willing buyer’, while the majority of the indigenous population remains landless, without access to an endemically hostile economy. After so many years into independence without much land having been transferred, it has been proven that the ‘willing seller, willing buyer’ programme simply does not work in favour of the indigenous African majority. It rather delays the efforts to transfer land to the indigenous landless indefinitely.     

Those, preventing indigenous Africans from getting their land back and participating in the economy on their own continent should note that their tactic of structured poverty on a continent not theirs is equal to a holocaust, much larger than that Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and their cohorts had dealt out to the Jews during WW2.

Meanwhile, it has been widely accepted that Zimbabwe now holds the record of implementing the largest land reform in Africa, according to which “6 000 white farmers have been replaced by 245 000 black farmers”, – authors/researchers Joseph Hanlon, Jeanette Manjengwa and Teresa Smart wrote in their book, “Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land”, published by Stylus.

The indigenisation of the mining and banking industries in Zimbabwe would obviously not be in the foreign Western interests, which seems on its way to a one-world rule.

According to the research of among others, author Joseph Hanlon and his team, Zimbabwe’s land reform is a success. They describe the agricultural development of Zimbabwe in their book, “Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land”, “Agrarian reform is a slow process and it takes a generation for new farmers to be fully productive. A decade after Zimbabwe’s agricultural production has largely returned to the 1990s level and small-scale black farmers now produce together almost as much tobacco as the big white farmers once did.”

They add, “Land reform in Zimbabwe will not be reversed. The Global Political Agreement (GPA) includes the phrase, ‘accepting the irreversibility of said land acquisitions and redistribution’, and two million new occupants would not allow any changes now.” Indeed, it would provoke a guerrilla war of historic note, if the land were to be taken back.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s all-white Commercial Farmer’s Union (CFU) published in the local media in April this year, that it has “given up opposing the land reform, as it could not keep on swimming against the current”. This published article was signed by CFU vice president, Peter Steyl. He concluded, “We have finally realised that the land reform is irreversible. This is a change of heart.”

Like South Africa’s ANC- and country president Jacob Zuma and his ruling party remain in the focus of political snipers, so do Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF and country president Robert Mugabe. South Africa too is being threatened with a treasonous ‘Arab Spring’. Hence, the media would only report anything and everything negative about Mugabe.

President Robert Mugabe is clear – Zimbabwe will never return to Rhodesia. Mugabe and ZANU-PF will win the next elections starting on 31 July 2013. He and his leadership delivered education, land and full economic participation at great cost. Indigenous Zimbabweans are well qualified, resilient and industrious. The SADC and the AU hold Mugabe in high esteem. Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa’s indigenous majority respect President Mugabe and hail him as a visionary. In fact, most African countries revere Mugabe as one of Africa’s greatest leaders.

On the other hand however, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T could not deliver, even having tried for a while to have the sanctions against their country lifted. They had called for those sanctions – but could not succeed in having them lifted, when tasked to do so. UK, US and EU interests explained in their diplomatic cables as reflected in Wikipedia, “Prime Minister Tsvangirai would need much guidance.” He does not seem to instil much confidence in the electorate, or his backers.

(Udo W. Froese was born in the third generation of German colonial settler background in Namibia.)

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Namibia, Your Struggle Is Far From Over

By Udo W. Froese, independent political and socio-economic analyst and columnist, in Johannesburg, South Africa and Windhoek, Namibia.

 

Those, who were not in the ‘northern Namibian and southern Angolan war-zone’; therefore, not directly exposed to daily human loss through military contacts, torture, murder, losing loved ones buried in mass graves, to this day not knowing where they are, the most unbearable hardships, exposed to the likes of South Africa’s Koevoet, Special Branch, foreign armed forces and dr. Wouter Basson, would not be able to understand what is termed ‘cabinet’s decision to employ mainly those children, born in the struggle’.

Those inside Namibia and South and southern Africa, who indentified quite rightly with the struggle against racial discrimination and all its cruel inhumanities, implemented by South Africa’s military occupation of Namibia, would not be able to really understand the move to make space for the SWAPO Party Cabinet decision, to grant new job opportunities in government to children born in the struggle.

It is historic fact that particularly SWAPO suffered most under South Africa’s military occupation of Namibia and southern Angola.

This columnist understands the ferociously criticised cabinet decision and applauds it. However, it needs to be put into context.

The only criticism that could be raised, would be that it was unwise to make this a public decision and therefore, make it vulnerable, inviting all those with different opinions and more particularly those, who to this day have not accepted a SWAPO led government and its retired president, Sam Nujoma. It is new ammunition for those in their struggle against SWAPO.

This decision is understood as SWAPO ‘building its own club’. Future leadership is being built. The tenure of a new and hopefully, reliable leadership would grow from such a move. It will assure continuity of leadership.

Under the wise guidance of the elders of the ruling party, a young guard, who would have moral fibre and add social content to life, would hopefully also pick up the torch of the elders of Namibia’s tried and tested SWAPO movement to fight for the needs and the upliftment of standards of all.

This new breed of young adults from a historic struggle background would have to strengthen the foundations of education, housing, social welfare and medical care, also assisting with the fruit bearing participation in the country’s economy.

It certainly does not mean that national standards would be lowered. And, not to be misunderstood, it should be clear that not only SWAPO Party and its government in Namibia benefit from such cabinet decision, but the whole country. In other words, the heart of the debate is ‘a search for the upcoming cadres of the next generation, who will continue to lead and build a nation and a country’.

In the above context, Prime Minister Nahas Angula should be lauded for his wise approach, because it seems to this columnist that his directives come from a clean heart, a wise mind with foresight and with love for his people and country. He too is an elder, who together with his family was exposed to the brutalities of South Africa’s bloody war in northern Namibia and southern Angola.

It would be disingenuous to misinterpret Angula’s commitment in any other way. Lest we forget ‘Kassinga and Koevoet’ and all other atrocities against human life.

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